Doug Bafford

Doug Bafford received his bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his master’s degree in anthropology from Brandeis University, where he is a current Ph.D. student. His research concerns the comparative study of epistemological and cosmological dimensions of religious life, for which he has designed and conducted ethnographic projects among young Muslims on the East Coast and evangelical Christians in Kentucky. His current work examines the intersection of scientific and religious discourse within missionary communities in South Africa. In addition to anthropological research, he has taught and assisted with courses in English writing, Spanish language, and anthropology since 2010. This is his fourth year with the MKTYP, having served variously as a writing instructor and tutor. More information about his research and teaching may be found here.

Kendra Yarbor

Kendra Yarbor received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Prior to attending Brandeis University, she received her Master of Divinity from Duke University. She also earned a Joint Master of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brandeis.  Kendra is currently a fifth-year doctoral student in NEJS.  Her research interests include American Jewish history, identity and diversity within Jewish communities, Black-Jewish relations and the intersections of race, culture and religion, more broadly. Her dissertation will examine the developments of Judaism and Islam within 20th century Black communities.  This is her first year teaching for the MKTYP as the Social Science instructor.

Tim Hickey

Tim Hickey received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brandeis and an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago.  He is a professor of Computer Science and his  current research interests include computer supported learning, 3d game design, and brain/computer interface design. He teaches a wide variety of Brandeis courses including 3-D Animation as wellas Computer Graphics,  Web Application Development, and Mobile Game Design. He has been teaching at Brandeis since 1984.  Professor Hickey has been an instructor for the TYP since 1992. He was awarded the  Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer ’69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2012.

Sarah Lupis

Sarah completed her B.A. at Boston University, and graduate studies with Laboratory for Biological Health Psychology at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of emotion and stress. More specifically, as a certified facial coder, Sarah examines how people react emotionally to psychosocial stress, and how this correlates to sympathetic nervous system and neuroendocrine stress responses. Her research interests also include predictors and moderators of these underlying mechanisms, including the effects of age, culture, gender, and body image.

Sarah’s teaching experience spans diverse student bodies at the undergraduate and graduate level, including faculty positions with Brandeis University, Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and Middlesex Community College. Previous and current teaching topics include health psychology, the psychology of student learning, abnormal psychology, research methodology, and introduction to psychology. In her spare time, Sarah has tutored high-school students in standardized test preparation for more than ten years.

Joseph Martin

Joseph Martin received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dickinson College and an M.A. in mathematics from Brandeis University.  He worked in the computer industry in the fields of 3D computer-aided design and drafting, software development tools, operating system kernels, and graphics processor computing.  His current research interest is in stream computing techniques for number theory.  Mr. Martin taught TYP mathematics from 2002 to 2005 and MKTYP quantitative reasoning from 2011 to present.

Ruth Spack

Ruth Spack earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Rochester, her master’s degree from Simmons College, and her Ph.D. from Lesley University. Her research is situated in two fields: Native American Studies and Composition Studies, with a focus on English for speakers of other languages. She has received regional and national awards for her scholarship, including the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association for America’s Second Tongue: American Indian Education and the Ownership of English, 1860-1900.  Ruth recently retired as a professor of English at Bentley University, where she directed the ESOL Program and taught courses in Native American literature, international fiction, communication theory, and expository writing. She is delighted to join the MKTYP faculty this year.